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Date:110-11-01
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Kaohsiung Traffic Safety Month] Kaohsiung City Government Holds Senior Citizens Road Safety Workshop, Urges the Elderly to Always Follow Regulations, Go Slow and Drive Safe

[Kaohsiung News] The Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government holds the Senior Citizens Road Safety Workshop today (19th). The road safety teams for report and dissemination, committees of the Road Safety Supervision Council of the Transportation Bureau, Professor Li Tzu-Chang from National Cheng Kung University, and Professor Chen Chia-Hung from Shu-Te University were invited to the workshop. In addition, Fongshan Senior Citizens Activity Center and Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd, were likewise invited to discuss specific strategies for improving and promoting the work on road safety for the elderly.
Director Chang Shu-Chuan of the Transportation Bureau says that the elderly population accounts for about 17% of the population in Kaohsiung City, but 40% of the casualties in Class A1 traffic accidents are elderly people, indicating that the number of elderly people involved in accidents is relatively high in Kaohsiung City. If an elderly person has an accident, he/she suffers heavier casualties than other age group. The elderly population is one of the high-risk groups in road safety accidents. Therefore, the Transportation Bureau especially invites relevant experts and groups to discuss the characteristics and preventive measures of road safety accidents for the elderly.
According to the analysis of accidents in Kaohsiung City, the transportation equipment used by the elderly involved in traffic accidents in this city is mainly scooters, followed by small cars and then bikes. In addition, most of the accidents are side collisions. The first two main causes are failure to give way (such as failing to yield to directly moving vehicles when making a turn) and making a left turn without following the regulations (such as making a left turn directly from a slow-moving traffic lane on the right). It shows that the concept of right-of-way hasn’t been established or that some driving practices need to be improved and the idea of not rushing through and exposing oneself and their loved ones to the risk of irreversible accidents must be disseminated to the public.
In the workshop, Professor Li Tzu-Chang shared the characteristics of elderly people's way of moving, choice of transportation equipment and driving mindset, to help the city to understand the characteristics of the elderly people's way of moving and their needs. In addition, practical cases in Japan were also shared during the event as a reference for the city’s follow-up improvement, such as improving identifiability through the barrier-free universal design of signs and high-brightness of signs and markings, enhancing road risk awareness, promoting education through traffic volunteers and committee members and promoting self-awareness tests and safe driving activities to raise the awareness of road safety among the elderly.
A friendly reminder from the Transportation Bureau to the public – Keeping in line with traffic regulations, slowing down at intersections and reconfirming the movement of pedestrians and cars nearby to ensure road safety. The Transportation Bureau invites citizens to work together with the city government to create a new culture of traffic safety “Always Follow Regulations, Go Slow and Drive Safe.”
 
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Updated:2022-05-28